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Bill Owen (I) (1914–1999)


This English actor was born of humble, working class beginnings and became well-known for playing the same kind of blokes on both film and TV. Born William Rowbotham, he was the son of a tram driver and laundress. He knew early on that entertaining was the life for him. He worked in odd jobs as a printer's apprentice and band vocalist to make do ... See full bio »

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(1973-2008)
(1966)
Not So Dusty Dusty
(1956)
Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade
(1951)

Filmography

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 1973-2000 Last of the Summer Wine (TV Series)
Compo
- Magic and the Morris Minor (2000) ... Compo
- Under the Rug (2000) ... Compo
- Lipstick and Other Problems (2000) ... Compo
- Last Post and Pigeon (2000) ... Compo
- Ironing Day (1999) ... Compo
 1993 Performance (TV Series)
Billy Rice
- The Entertainer (1993) ... Billy Rice
 1990 The Handmaid's Tale
T.V. Announcer #2
 1984 Singleton's Pluck
Amos
 1982 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Meakins
- The Moles (1982) ... Meakins
 1981 Brideshead Revisited (TV Mini-Series)
Lunt
- Et in Arcadia Ego (1981) ... Lunt
 1979 Sally Ann (TV Series)
Brigadier Wells
- Put Out to Grass (1979) ... Brigadier Wells
 1978 The Comeback
Mr B
 1977 CBS Children's Film Festival (TV Series)
Quarryman
- Mischief (1977) ... Quarryman
 1976 La flûte à six schtroumpfs (1979 UK version, voice)
 1975 Angels (TV Series)
Harry Jamieson
- Confrontation (1975) ... Harry Jamieson
- On the Mat (1975) ... Harry Jamieson
 1975 In Celebration
Mr. Shaw
 1973-1974 Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? (TV Series)
George Chambers
- Affairs and Relations (1974) ... George Chambers
- Absent Friends (1974) ... George Chambers
- End of an Era (1973) ... George Chambers
- Count Down (1973) ... George Chambers
 1973 Away from It All (TV Series)
Robert
- This Quiet Half Hour (1973) ... Robert
 1973 O Lucky Man!
Supt. Barlow / Insp. Carding
 1973 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Compo
- Of Funerals and Fish (1973) ... Compo
 1972 Kadoyng
Jack Flitton
 1972 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
William
- Time Passing (1972) ... William
 1972 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Mr. Milner
- Seventeen Percent Said Push Off (1972) ... Mr. Milner
 1972 The Challengers (TV Series)
Sir Joseph / Sir Joseph Conran
- What About England? (1972) ... Sir Joseph
- History Does Not Pay the Rent ... Sir Joseph Conran
 1971 Shirley's World (TV Series)
Joe Burns
- The Colonel (1971) ... Joe Burns
 1971 Coronation Street (TV Series)
Charlie Dickinson
- Episode #1.1086 (1971) ... Charlie Dickinson
 1971 Coppers End (TV Series)
Sgt. Sam Short
- Episode #1.13 (1971) ... Sgt. Sam Short
- Episode #1.12 (1971) ... Sgt. Sam Short
- Episode #1.11 (1971) ... Sgt. Sam Short
- Episode #1.10 (1971) ... Sgt. Sam Short
- Episode #1.9 (1971) ... Sgt. Sam Short
 1971 Catweazle (TV Series)
Pickle
- Duck Halt (1971) ... Pickle
 1970 Unfair! (Short)
Worker
 1969 Mischief
Quarryman
 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Hanley
- An Hour of Love: The Bind (1969) ... Mr. Hanley
 1969 Scene (TV Series documentary)
Dad
- Terry (1969) ... Dad
 1968 Treasure Island (TV Series)
Billy Bones
- Black Spot (1968) ... Billy Bones
- Billy Bones (1968) ... Billy Bones
 1968 Headline Hunters
Henry
 1967 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Lord Gormond
- The Bridge (1967) ... Lord Gormond
 1967 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
R.J.Smellies
- Bug (1967) ... R.J.Smellies
 1966-1967 Conflict (TV Series)
Michael Williams / Albert Eccles
- Henry V (1967) ... Michael Williams
- Caste (1966) ... Albert Eccles
 1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Jay
- R.S.V.P. (1967) ... Henry Jay
 1966 The Fighting Prince of Donegal
Officer Powell
 1966 Georgy Girl
Ted
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
George Edwards
- Episode #1.919 (1966) ... George Edwards
- Episode #1.918 (1966) ... George Edwards
- Episode #1.917 (1966) ... George Edwards
- Episode #1.916 (1966) ... George Edwards
 1964 House of Glass (TV Movie)
Private Wilky
 1964 The Masque of the Red Death
Male Dancer (uncredited)
 1964 Kiss Me Kate (TV Movie)
Gangster
 1964 Love Story (TV Series)
Bill
- Three Piece Suite (1964) ... Bill
 1964 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Ray
- The Last Word on Julie (1964) ... Ray
 1963 Carry on Cabby
Smiley Sims
 1963 Taxi! (TV Series)
Fred Cuddell
- Don't Do as I Do (1963) ... Fred Cuddell
- Ten Years Hard (1963) ... Fred Cuddell
- Benefit of the Doubt (1963) ... Fred Cuddell
- The Accident (1963) ... Fred Cuddell
- A Long Way to Go (1963) ... Fred Cuddell
 1963 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Bailey
- Drama '63: Passing Through (1963) ... Bailey
 1956-1962 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Charlie Denchfield
- Birds in the Wilderness (1962) ... Charlie Denchfield
 1962 Probation Officer (TV Series)
Mr. Chapman
- Episode #4.6 (1962) ... Mr. Chapman
 1961 The Dickie Henderson Show (TV Series)
- The Race Horse (1961)
 1961 Operation Snafu
Corporal Gittens
 1961 Saturday Playhouse (TV Series)
Sparks
- Seagulls Over Sorrento (1961) ... Sparks
 1961 Carry on Regardless
Mike Weston
 1961 A Life of Bliss (TV Series)
Oily
- Episode #2.5 (1961) ... Oily
 1961 The Hellfire Club
Martin
 1957-1961 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
George Scott / Joe Harris
- Hi Diddle Diddle (1961) ... George Scott
- Saloon Bar (1957) ... Joe Harris
 1960 Man from Interpol (TV Series)
Tim Stout
- The Odds on Murder (1960) ... Tim Stout
 1960 The Shakedown
Spettigue
 1959 Dial 999 (TV Series)
Freddie Haldane
- A Mined Area (1959) ... Freddie Haldane
 1959 Never Die (TV Movie)
Nobby Clark
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Peters
- Dark as the Night (1959) ... Peters
 1959 Carry on Nurse
Percy 'Perc' Hickson
 1958 Carry On Sergeant
Corporal Bill Copping
 1958 Carve Her Name with Pride
N.C.O. Instructor
 1958 Davy
Eric
 1957 Sword of Freedom (TV Series)
Otello
- The Assassin (1957) ... Otello
 1957 A Santa for Christmas (TV Movie)
 1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Oakie
- The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1957) ... Oakie
 1956 The Buccaneers (TV Series)
Clip West
- Marooned (1956) ... Clip West
 1956 The Adventures of Robin Hood (TV Series)
Mark
- The Hero (1956) ... Mark
 1956 New Ramps for Old (TV Series)
Welstenholme
- Shop, Double Shop (1956) ... Welstenholme
- All Mod Cons (1956) ... Welstenholme
 1956 Not So Dusty
Dusty
 1955 Rum Punch (TV Movie)
 1955 PT Raiders
Birdie Dick
 1954 Thought to Kill
Arthur
 1954 The Rainbow Jacket
Sam
 1953 A Day to Remember
Shorty Sharpe
 1953 The Square Ring
Happy Burns
 1953 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur Preece
- The Parlour Trick (1953) ... Arthur Preece
 1952 Stop the Merry-Go-Round
Alfred Stokes
 1951 Sherlock Holmes (TV Mini-Series)
Inspector Lestrade
- The Second Stain (1951) ... Inspector Lestrade
- The Red Headed League (1951) ... Inspector Lestrade
- The Dying Detective (1951) ... Inspector Lestrade
- The Empty House (1951) ... Inspector Lestrade
 1951 Hotel Sahara
Private Binns
 1950 The Astonished Heart
Mr. Burton (uncredited)
 1949 Diamond City
Pinto
 1949 The Gay Lady
Joe Jugg
 1949 Maniacs on Wheels
Lag Gibbon
 1948 The Weaker Sex
Soldier
 1948 My Brother's Keeper
Syd Evans
 1948 Trouble in the Air
1st Spiv (guest artiste)
 1948 Daybreak
Ron
 1948 The Players' Theatre Revue (TV Movie) (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1948 Easy Money
Lee (segment The Night Club Story)
 1947 When the Bough Breaks
Bill Collins
 1947 Holiday Camp
Camper (uncredited)
 1947 Dancing with Crime
Dave Robinson (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 Secret Flight
Paratroop Sergeant (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 The Middle Watch (TV Movie)
Corporal Duckett (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1946 The Thracian Horses (TV Movie)
The scavenger (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1945 A City Reborn (Short)
Will (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1945 Vacation from Marriage (uncredited)
 1945 Johnny in the Clouds
'Nobby' Clarke (as Bill Rowbotham)
 1941 Tank Patrol (Short)
Geordie
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Other Works:

He acted in the British National Theatre Repertoire Season at the Cottesloe Theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, and Olivier Theatre in London, England in Henrik Ibsen's plays, "Hedda Gabler," and "Whale;" David Lan and Joshua Sobol's play, "Ghetto;" William Shakespeare's play, "Hamlet;" Moliere's play, "The Misanthrope;" David Storey's... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Bill Owen M.B.E. | Bill Rowbotham | William Rowbotham

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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A strong supporter of the Labour Party and socialism, he wrote a number of political plays and revues, including "Babes in the Wood" and "What's Left?" See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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